After three years implementing the new rural areas programme, almostall piloted localities, 70 communes in Quang Binh province, haveachieved eight to 12 of the 19 new rural criteria. As many as 100km ofrural road have been built and schools and public places upgraded. Tensof thousands of households donated 250,000sq.m of land for theprogramme.
In Xuan Ninh commune, Quang Ninhdistrict, the villagers are trying to complete this year’s targets.Nguyen Truong Tien, Chairman of Xuan Ninh People’s Committee, said thecommune has successfully encouraged locals to join the efforts.Villagers have donated 1,000sq.m of land and money to build and expandinter-hamlet roads.
Tien said the commune has setout to achieve all criteria by 2015. “The commune began the nationalprogramme of new rural development in 2010. We have completed ninecreteria and are working on achieving the others. People here supportthe programme. We aim to improve people’s living conditions.”
In Quang Phuc commune, Quang Trach district, where 90 percent of thepopulation are Christians, local people also voluntarily contributeland, money and labour to build rural roads. Nguyen Chi Doai, avillager, said: “We are delighted and sympathetic to the idea ofdonating land to build roads. The countryside has been improved withgood roads and multi-storey houses.”
Quang Binhprovince has mobilised resources valued at nearly 25 million USD tobuild new rural areas, including capital from the State budget, credit,enterprises, and the population.
Hoang Van Min,Deputy Director of the Quang Binh provincial Department of Agricultureand Rural Development, said: “The province has prioritised part of theState budget for communes which have nearly achieved all the 19criteria. The communes and districts will encourage people to becomeinvolved in building roads to ease transport issues and improve people’sliving conditions.”
The communes and districtshave applied new production models and adopted new animal and plantvarieties. With the people’s consensus and the administration’s effort,Quang Binh province has obtained impressive results in developing newrural areas.-VNA
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